Back Bay Books


In 1993, Little, Brown created a new trade paperback imprint, Back Bay Books, to focus on long-term publication of the company’s best fiction and nonfiction.  Back Bay’s new editions of William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, Tracy Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine, Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust, and C.S. Forester’s Hornblower novels, among many others, have given these classics fresh lives.  At the same time, Back Bay paperback editions of new works by David Sedaris, Anita Shreve, Janet Fitch, and Malcolm Gladwell have been impressive bestsellers in their own right.


Terry Adams is Vice President, Paperback Publisher of Little, Brown. He oversees Back Bay Books and Little, Brown Paperbacks. He acquires fiction, narrative non-fiction, and practical nonfiction for publication in original trade paperback and hardcover.  He began his career in book publishing as a floater at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.  He then worked for many years as Editor and Advertising Manager at Alfred A. Knopf before joining Little, Brown in 1996.  Among the writers he has worked with are Julian Barnes, Harold Brodkey, Craig Childs, Breena Clarke, Katherine Dunn, Denis Johnson, the Monks of New Skete, William Sears, M.D., Jody Shields, Wendy Wasserstein, and Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman.

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